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Thursday, April 7, 2011

From England with love

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A wet and windy day was magically transformed into a sunny, bright one when I received a most special gift from my dear friend Olive.

All the way from England (land of  my dreams :0)

A beautiful bag and a photograph of Penny Lane's sign!

"Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes..."

Abby refused to be left out :0)

The fact that Olive thought of me when she saw the bag and that she remembered my huge love for The Beatles fill my heart. Thank you Olive, you are the best! XO!

I can't wait to use my gorgeous bag this weekend when we finally return to our Purple Caravan. My husband went out this past week and with the help of our friends pulled out the wall to wall carpet. We now must decide on the type of wood flooring to be installed. I  love the wider planks (but they are so much more expensive)

The caravan came with one bigger bedroom and two small sleeping quarters furnished with two bunk beds each. They were way too small (even for someone as short as me :0) so we decided to knock down the dividing wall and make just one room.

A platform was built to place mattresses and big fluffly pillows.

It's now a cozier, more private area in which our friends can actually sleep and stretch their legs.

Needless to say my mind is just swimming in pools of colors. I lay awake at night planning and imagining how it will look once it's done.

We will be building a screened porch (hopefully soon) and then I will be able to garden and decorate to my heart's content. I will, of course, keep you posted and would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

And speaking of ideas, I am totally obssessed with this butterfly bench I saw on the Internet. I can't stop thinking about it!

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Wedding plans are moving along. We have already made arrangements for the venue and photographer, but best of all, the gown has been selected! It was quite a moment to see my little girl stand in front of me with her cheeks aglow with excitement and a sparkle in her eyes. She really took my breath away! I promised her not to show any photos of her gown until "the big day" but it looks somewhat like this...oh, to be young and slim and have all our body parts in their proper places... sigh

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And so, life goes on, another week is about to close, another month has started. Tiny buds are getting bigger and stronger, the cycle continues. Hope you are full of exciting plans and innovative ideas!

Love and light, always...


  1. I love your choice of images.Great bag and the butterfly seat is quite amazing!

    Thanks for sharing....enjoy your weekend!

  2. What fun gifts your received Alina ~ good for you! And how wonderful that you are returning to your hide-a-way-home! Have fun my friend!
    xo Catherine

  3. Dearest Alina,
    I am so thrilled to watch the transformation of The Caravan!!! :)) Like you, I LOVE decorating! I just know you will bring it to life with your whimsical touch!!

    Indeed, those tender buds are beginning to unfurl over here! Yesterday was simply divine and it looks as though today is going to be just as scrumptious! Color has begun to brighten the landscape and the aroma of violets sifting throughout the air is most titillating!

    Wishing you a weekend filled with glorious sunshine and sparkles. May you heart overfloweth in joy and peace. Warmest of hugs, P.

  4. Oh Alina, you cracked me up! "to have all of your body parts in the right places" LOL! I bet your daughter looks stunning! Have fun with your plans, and I wish I could rip up our carpet and install hardwood floors! Happy weekend to you. :-)

  5. Yay My magical friend....so many wonderful things happening for you...i am thrilled!Your photos are so fun and fabulous...love that cool mesmerizing one of you...and Abby steals my heart every time...your Purple Caravan is awesome...such fun and beauty! I can't wait to see all the magic you get up to!!
    Shine on my friend...Happy Creating!!

  6. Alina.... I'm thrilled you like the bag and photo. I'm glad all is going well for the forth coming nuptials... keep us updated. hugs xxx

  7. Alina, the gown is beautiful. Your daughter and you must be busy; I look forward to upcoming posts. You will love your screened porch. Mine wraps 3/4 around the house; with three doors allowing access from the house. In the "mosquito state" this porch is what allows the doors and windows to be open and keeps nature so close to the inside of the house. Much luck on the Purple Caravan; I, too love to add colors.

  8. Alina, so much happening in your world at the moment - sounds exciting! Your bag is fabulous...I love the Beatles too...and that butterfly bench - love it! Can't wait to see more pics soon x

  9. Dear Alina,
    How did I miss this post? I love your gifts from England. Actually...I love England! *smiles* I'm also loving the wedding gown. How exciting this must be for you. Enjoy each and every moment my dear! Oh I do hope you get the butterfly garden bench! It's so you! I really like how you created the cozy sleeping area for your guests. I look forward to seeing more Caravan photos! Sending you blissful tidings my friend.

  10. PS Alina... I will try and get some Wedding stuff and send it on..... hugs xxx

  11. How exciting, so many wonderful things happening! I am so looking forward to seeeing both your renovation and your girls gown.
    Bright Beltane blessings from England xx


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